In recent weeks, there have been several celebrities opening up about miscarriage. Talk show house Bethenny Frankel, a former "Real Housewives of New York" star, talked to Glamour magazine about her miscarriage at age 41 after having a high-risk pregnancy with her daughter Bryn, now age 2. Country singer Joe Nichols' and his wife Heather also recently revealed that the couple had had five miscarriages.
Whether it is one miscarriage or five, the emotions of miscarriage are similar. Women often blame themselves. Bethenny Frankel told Glamour she asked her doctor: "'Is it because I’m busy? My lifestyle? Is this my fault?' I asked. 'Absolutely not, absolutely not,' he replied before I could dump all my neuroses on his desk. 'You’re 41. You had bleeding. There’s nothing you could have done.'"
Heather Nichols wrote in her blog, MoreThanANicholsWorth.com: "After my first miscarriage, the doctors informed me 1 in 4 women would suffer a miscarriage and that if I got pregnant again we had every reason to believe all would be fine. After miscarriage number 2, I knew something had to be wrong." Nichols tried IVF, and she said after her fifth miscarriage she sunk into a deep depression.
Many experts believe that most women will experience a miscarriage at some time during their reproductive years. Celebrities talking about miscarriage can help women understand more and bring hope to those who have had multiple miscarriages.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month; October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
Whether you know someone who has openly suffered loss or not, the truth is 1 in 4 women will suffer a loss via miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss at some point in their lives. It is difficult to find just the right words to help comfort the victim of loss, but the team here at Fertility Authority has compiled a list along with some suggestions from the I AM THE FACE campaign for helping your friends and loved ones observe the day:
I know that pregnancies, miscarrying and the like are all personal issues, but some of these girls were good friends. I mean, really good friends. Why didn't I know they went through this? Sure, I couldn't have stopped it, but certainly I could have been a support for them. I could have prayed for them. I could have done something.
Recent research from NIH suggests that women who try to conceive within three months of an early miscarriage can conceive as quick or more quickly than women who wait for three or more months. The data showed a 69% pregnancy rate for women who tried sooner, versus a 51% pregnancy rate for those who waited longer than three months. And the live birth rate was 53% for women who tried sooner, versus 36% for those who waited.
A miscarriage refers to the loss of a pregnancy and is estimated to occur in 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies. Most miscarriages occur during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, though they can occur later on in the pregnancy.
A recently published study offers optimistic news to young women with high FSH or diminished ovarian reserve who achieve pregnancy with IVF. High FSH is not associated with miscarriage in women under 35, and there is no indication that it is associated with higher levels of aneuploidy.
A blog by Dr. Art Castlebaum, Reproductive Medicine Associates at Jefferson, December 9, 2015
Last week in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine a landmark trial was published looking at the effectiveness of progesterone treatment in preventing miscarriages. The study was beautifully designed. 836 women with at least three previous miscarriages without an identified cause were randomized to receive either progesterone vaginal suppositories or a placebo starting early in pregnancy. There was no difference in the live birth rate between the two groups showing that progesterone treatment is not effective in improving outcomes in women with recurrent pregnancy loss.
a blog by Lisa Rosenthal, October 15, 2015
Miscarriages are statistically normal. One in four women will have one. Statistically normal is little comfort when you are that one. It certainly wasn’t for me.
In the world of fertility treatment, pregnancy and miscarriage are delicate topics. We strive to reach the end of the first trimester, so we can finally exhale ever so slightly after 12 weeks of carrying our eggs in one basket, literally. The fact of the matter is, 1 in 5 pregnancies will end in miscarriage and more than 50% of those are due to chromosomal abnormalities.